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Jewels of Gwahlur

Robert E. Howard

Book Overview: 

Conan The Barbarian is after fabulous treasure in this exciting story. But he finds himself in more difficulties than he had counted on. Crafty and powerful human opponents seek to skin him alive, bestial mutations seek to rip his arms off, denizens of the deep want to devour him whole and scantily clad dusky beauties try to waylay him at every step. And all of this to find the Jewels of Gwahlur, the most fabulous treasure every hidden in a secret temple. Has Conan finally met his match? Will his evil enemies or the seductive women finally succeed in making him beg for mercy?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .With one hand on his sword, he looked alertly about him. There was no reason to suppose men lied when they said that Alkmeenon was empty and deserted, haunted only by the ghosts of the dead past. But it was Conan's nature to be suspicious and wary. The silence was primordial; not even a leaf quivered on a branch. When he bent to peer under the trees, he saw nothing but the marching rows of trunks, receding and receding into the blue gloom of the deep woods.

Nevertheless he went warily, sword in hand, his restless eyes combing the shadows from side to side, his springy tread making no sound on the sward. All about him he saw signs of an ancient civilization; marble fountains, voiceless and crumbling, stood in circles of slender trees whose patterns were too symmetrical to have been a chance of nature. Forest-growth and underbrush had invaded the evenly planned groves, but their outlines were still visible. Broad pavements ran away under the trees, broken, and with. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Driven solely by a thief's desire to get his muscle-bound mitts upon the fabled Teeth of Gwahlur, priceless jewels wrenched from 'the king of darkness, in the birth of the world', then lost for centuries, hidden within an ancient valley inside an unscalable mountain somewhere in the kingdom of Ke...more

It's hard to give Howard's original Conan stories less than five stars.

Conan battles his way through Gwahlur in search of ancient jewels and riches but ends up empty handed. Although his original mission ended in failure, he got to experience the thrill of bloodshed and brought a girl that resembled a real goddess back home with him, so perhaps his journey for treas...more

Excelent Story

Do you like Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, and National Treasure? You'll LOVE the Jewels of Gwalhur. It starts out with Conan as a treasure hunter, and then throws you headfirst into deception, conniving, and power plays that'll keep you second guessing nearly every character.

Such a good story.

And o...more

The first story was quite entertaining. The second in this book was annoying, as it was just getting interesting when it halted, an incomplete work. What is the point of including an incomplete work in a fine special volume. Regardless, this was set to receive 3 stars, but for the very nice paint...more

Finishing the unread Conan stories. The racist attitude is more prevalent in this story and a few others. The action is true pulp at its finest.

Just a little snack of a book, but quite entertaining, a fast-paced adventure with Egyptian-type gods, priceless jewels, and a manly hero to swan around fighting and rescuing a buxom beauty.

This is my first introduction to the Conan the Cimmerion (aka. Barbarian) stories. It was fun, though it seemed somewhat formulaic. Some phrases were overused, but as I said, this is still a fun short story. If some quotes from Fritz Leiber are anything to go by, then this is certainly not the be...more

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